Surplice Vs. Cotta


#1

What’s the difference?


#2

In the U.K. a surplice is longer than a cotta, has rounded, full, often bell-shaped, sleeves and a rounded neck; a cotta is shorter, has rectangular sleeves and often a square cut neck. They are essentially just variations of the same garment, the tradition here is for choristers to wear a surplice and altar servers to wear a cotta (although in Westminster Cathedral the choir also wears cottas - maybe there was a sale on).


#3

What you’re saing is…

image

^^ Surplice

imagehttps://henningers.com/surplice-214-77.jpg

^^ Cotta


#4

Other way round. The cotta is the more ‘box’ shaped.


#5

i’ve edited it- I noticed right after posting haha


#6

Different styles shown here:
https://www.wattsandco.com/albs-cottas-surplices.html

and here:
http://www.hfltd.com/category/cottas-surplice/

Note that an organist’s surplice has a cut made almost up to the shoulder on the sleeves to allow free movement.


#7

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